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Manna Aims to Rezone Shaw Block for Mixed-Use Redevelopment

by Nena Perry-Brown

 614-624 S Street NW, courtesy of Google Street View. Click to enlarge.

Another Shaw block may be up for redevelopment.

An LLC led by nonprofit affordable housing developer Manna has applied for a map amendment to rezone a chunk of the Shaw block where Manna's satellite office is located, from 614-624 S Street NW (map).

The strip is currently zoned RF-1 (residential flats; rowhouses) and the applicant is seeking ARTS-2 designation (medium density mixed-use with residential). While details are scarce, the eventual mixed-use development will likely provide affordable housing and family-sized units.

The church on the property will remain in some capacity, and the façades of the rowhouses at 618 and 620 S Street will be incorporated into the new development. The latter commitment comes courtesy of a Memorandum of Understanding Manna signed with ANC 6E in 2017.

The ground floor of the new development will likely include an arts/culture component and/or retail compatible with nearby arts and culture resources like the Howard Theater. "Any potential retail use in the ground floor could provide a place for theater goers to gather before or after a nearby show or event," the application states.

The development team is expected to present to the ANC 6E Zoning Advisory Committee at the end of the month.

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This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/manna-aims-to-rezone-shaw-block-for-future-mixed-use-redevelopment/18700

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